Roberto Cecutti

Head of the Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to South Africa

As of 1 September 2019, Roberto joined the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to South Africa as Head of the Trade and Economic Section. Between January 2017 and August 2019, Roberto worked in the trade department of the European Commission and was responsible for the bilateral trade and investment relations between the EU and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including South Africa. He was specifically following issues related to the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement.

From September 2014 to December 2017, Roberto was responsible in the same department for the bilateral trade and investment relations with India.

He served previously in the EU Delegation to China (September 2011 to August 2014) as responsible for trade and investment matters with China and Mongolia, and in the EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea (September 2007 to August 2011) as head of trade, investment and development co-operation.

Roberto joined the European Commission in March 2003, and worked first in the trade department on trade defence instruments (March 2003 to August 2005) and then in the development co-operation department on quality screening (September 2005 to August 2007).

He started his professional career in the private sector, where he worked on issues related to international trade and customs legislation for five years (March 1998 to February 2003).

Roberto is Italian and graduated in law, got a master in European studies and followed specialised studies on international development and anthropology. He is passionate about issues revolving around trade and development. He likes hiking and is a strong believer in the power of nature, culture, art and music.